PLEASANT VIEW -- Plans are in the works for a 147-unit assisted living facility, but the big question is, where will the water come from?
Officials warn the city could be running out of water if something isn't done soon to solve the problem.
The facility is planned to go in at approximately 2550 W. 2700 North. There is a 14-inch water line near the planned site in Pleasant View, but the city is not ready to supply the water. There is a 10-inch line through Harrisville, and developers could consider annexing into that city to get the water they need.
Council members recently had a discussion about Pleasant View's future water resources and services, and talked about a moratorium on any new development until they reach a solution to the water woes in Pleasant View.
"We are working on getting a new well drilled," City Administrator Melinda Brimhall said. "We need to start a conversation about the number of residents it can serve."
City Engineer Brandon Jones said 2009 is the last time the capital facilities plan was updated and at that time, he said, it projected the city would run out of water in 2015 if new water sources were not found.
Brimhall said the wells in the city are not producing as much as they used to, and that it is very concerning if the city has a couple of more dry years. She also said the city has had a lot more high-density housing in the last few years than was expected.
"The good news is the city is on the proactive end of things," Brimhall said. She said the city is looking at ways to fund a new well and should know early in the new year whether a loan is feasible or if they will need to bond for a well.
Fred Hellstrom, water superintendent, said the average household in Pleasant View uses 5,000-8,000 gallons of water a month. He said a few use 12,000-18,000 gallons a month. One leaky toilet that goes unnoticed can increase the water usage to that higher amount, he said.
Mayor Doug Clifford said the city totally relies on wells and springs for water.
"The weather is the wild card that will bring water and a snowpack," Clifford said.
Councilman Michael Humphreys said it would have been nice to have the conversation about water several months ago. He said he was unaware of the city water situation.
Council members decided to continue the discussion on the water issue to a future meeting while they collect more information about water usage and ways to fund and provide more water.
Hellstrom said raising water rates a little would help pay for future projects, and that the city needs to conserve water as much as possible.